Originally Posted by freemeat
I think they could be changing for other reasons. If it were due to complaints, well the systems been out for over half a decade.. That would be a pretty slow response time to complaints.
The points ystem has been out alot longer than that. Remember XBL points were used on the original Xbox which launched 13 years ago and XBL has been around since summer 2001 beta.
Me thinks they are changing it, simply because its alot easier for a consumer to spend an amount that is equal to cash. Remember consoles arent just for gaming anymore.. they do social media, surf the internet, access premium cable channels & subscriptions, PPV events, sports packages, movies, music, DVR functions, etc. At some point it becomes increasingly difficult for the consumer to figure out how much money a digitally downloadable item costs using the points system. And that only serves to drive consumers away. How much does a game cost? A map pack? A movie? An HD movie? A MMA fight? NBA season package? A music album? Cash is just easier to make a decision on and while I never had a huge issue with points.. I applaud their decision.
I hope they offer ALL content as launch day available on the next gen. And that the price is stated in dollars and immediately payable with a credit card. Trust me, they will garner much more XBL marketplace transactions with this change. They will also be able to accept several more forms of payment, like Paypal, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments, etc.